Saturday, May 02, 2009

No Rest to be had

I spent one weekend in Boston, the following one in Trabolgan, and this one in Dublin. At that rate, I'll never get any sleep. The next weekend is scheduled to be at home, but if the weather is somewhat nice I'll have to cut the grass in the garden, which is slowly turning into a jungle. I'm half tempted to pray for rain.

The soreness in my quads has finally disappeared, but I won't get carried away just yet and try to run a race. I'll also try not to think about the fact that I'm missing the Bay Run on Sunday, for the first time since its inception. Boston has a lot to answer for. As it is, my training runs are much too fast and with too high a heart rate at the moment. I have yet to really get back into it. My movements feel awkward and uncoordinated, as if I have to learn to run again. That's pretty normal after a marathon, and will go away soon enough.

I'm more or less following the post-marathon recovery program I mentioned in my last entry, which is why I didn't run at all on Wednesday. Thursday saw me doing 5 miles, and the same again on Friday. Despite being tempted, I didn't run this morning, and instead went for an hour long walk at 7 am with Maia, mainly to give Niamh some extra undisturbed time in bed. She did thank me for it.

The reason why we're here in Dublin is our new niece's christening. It's Nana's first grandchild that's not ours, but hopefully there will be a few more in the next few years. The weather is beautiful, as if on order for a grand day. And at the rate the day is going I will be completely knackered at the end from playing ball games with Cian.

30 Apr
5 miles, 39:59, 8:00 pace, HR 152
1 May
5 miless, 39:47, 7:56 pace, HR 157


  1. Thomas have you seen this footage of Cork last year - check 6:55 minutes in.

  2. Enjoy the down time. Before you know it you'll be knocking over those big training weeks again.

  3. Sounds like you still need just a bit longer to recharge your body before working up to race pace again.

    As Ewen said, enjoy the down time. I'll do a little rain dance for you if it will help keep you from mowing the grass.